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Old 06-08-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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We are looking to retire to north of Nashville or Cookeville surrounding area. We want 30 - 100 wooded acres that is "walkable" not mountain sides with a 3 bed 2 bath 1600+ sq ft house. No more than 12" of snow and not prone to natural disasters (flooding/tornados). We would like to be within 1/2 hour a grocery store and home building center. We are also from a small town (3,000 people) and would like to be close to another small town less than maybe 10,000. We won't need a job and our kids will be out of school. A good hospital would be great to have close by within 30-45 mins. No health problems but we will need one at some point as we get older. It has to be little or no crime. We would like to spend up to $350K.

So how do these two areas compare to each other?
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in TN
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Well, I live in Cookeville but have spent a lot of time in Nashville and even north of Nashville. I think prices will be much better in Cookeville, as will your ease of finding a piece of property that size.

In terms of medical facilities: Nashville is chock full of them and you'd be in good hands as long as you're not too far out. Vanderbilt, Baptist--there are several top-rate hospitals in Nashville, for sure. However, Cookeville also has a good hospital. In fact, it is the #1 hospital in the state for patients who have suffered a cardiac event. They have a protocol they call Code 37 that is taken very seriously. It is not at all unusual to discover an interventional cardiologist waiting to meet you at the door of the ER if you are brought in by EMS and they have discovered a probable MI on your EKG strip. It's a serious business around these parts. They also have a state-of-the-art cancer center where they can implement protocols even if developed elsewhere, and lots of specialists and a da Vinci robot that's been there for several years. I'm not saying the Cookeville hospital trumps all the medical stuff they have in Nashville--I'm just saying that it's remarkably well equipped for a relatively rural area.

Obviously there is at least a little crime everywhere, but I've not found a single problem here in Cookeville and I've been here nearly 7 years. I would imagine there is more crime closer to a major city but I don't really know specifics about Nashville (other than there is less crime there than Memphis--but there is less crime almost anywhere when compared to Memphis).

I have a feeling 30-100 acres anywhere close to Nashville will be tough to do on your budget (once you put a house on it) but I think it is probably doable somewhere around here. Not Cookeville itself but somewhere surrounding? There are lots of small towns around here, too, and people are very friendly here.

Hope that helps! Good luck and have fun making your decision. Enjoy the hunt!
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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thanks Wordy! lots of great info.

whats the land like between the 2 locations. Hilly, flat, mountains?
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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thanks Wordy! lots of great info.

whats the land like between the 2 locations. Hilly, flat, mountains?
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&c...ed=0CFMQ_AUoAg
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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I guess I wasnt specific enough. What is the terrain like north of Nashville and north and west of Cookeville? Flat, rolling hills, or mountain?
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I guess I wasnt specific enough. What is the terrain like north of Nashville and north and west of Cookeville? Flat, rolling hills, or mountain?
If you have the "terrain" on you can see what the specific areas are like and how they change by looking on Google Maps. That's why I gave you the link. If that isn't specific enough, use Street View. It doesn't get any better than that!
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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Thanks Hiknapster, I never knew there was a terrain view on google maps.
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Actually, I've noticed that they now have the "Earth" view. Click on that and you can see the area at an angle which really makes it more cool! That way you can pinpoint the different terrains to different areas.
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